Woman arrested after 'stupid joke' about bomb at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport
Passengers forced to evacuate; airport terminal closed
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Canadian woman was arrested Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after making what she called a "stupid joke" about a bomb in a suitcase.
Nathalie Tremblay and her boyfriend had boarded an Air Canada flight bound for Montreal when a flight attendant asked whose bag would not allow an overhead bin to close.
According to the arrest report, Tremblay told the flight attendant, "There's a bomb in it" and began laughing.
The attendant alerted the pilot, who ordered the plane to be evacuated, while the terminal was forced to close as a Broward Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the scene.
Tremblay originally told investigators that she had actually said, "I hope there's not a bomb in there," before admitting and apologizing for saying, "It's probably a bomb."
The bomb squad eventually cleared the scene and passengers were allowed to re-board the flight.
Tremblay was arrested on a charge of making a false report over a bomb threat.
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